|University of New England||Johnson & Wales|
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Johnson & Wales University Wildcats scored three third-period goals on their way to a 5-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s ice hockey win over the University of New England Saturday night at Lynch Arena.
The win gets the Wildcats within a game of the .500 mark at 9-10-2 (5-8-1 CCC), while the Nor’easters slip to 11-7-2 (7-5-2).
UNE was first on the scoreboard, thanks once again to its potent power play. Blaise Healy fired home a wrist shot off a feed from Ryan Burr for his sixth goal of the season.
JWU would grab the lead for good when James Hyatt scored from the top of the crease six minutes later, and Ben Brouillard tallied late in the period after he took advantage of a friendly bounce off the back boards on Fran Mackin’s slap shot.
After a scoreless middle period, the Wildcats increased their cushion to 3-1 on a goal by Tristan Goodwin at the 8:27 mark.
Trevor Fleurent sliced the Nor’easters‘ deficit in half four minutes later, notching his eighth power-play goal of the season to tie him with four other players for tops in the nation. Armand Uomoleale and Brady Fleurent assisted on the goal.
The Wildcats got that goal back just 20 seconds later on a goal by Mackin, and Kevin McDonald added another insurance marker at 15:51 of the frame for the final margin.
Joey Ballmer needed 32 saves to register the win, while Tate Sproxton had 29 for UNE.
The Nor’easters went 2-for-3 on the power play to grab the lead nationally in that category with a success rate of 31.5 percent.